McIntire Department of Music
Sponsored by Jewish Studies Program, University of Virginia

As the State of Israel marks its 60th anniversary in 2008, the University of Virginia Jewish Studies Program is hosting a unique conference on music in Israel. This unprecedented gathering will feature leading Israeli, American, and European scholars exploring Israeli music as a window into national identity, politics, religion, and culture. Alongside the academic sessions, the conference will also feature concert performances by Israeli musical legends Etti Ankri and Moussa Berlin as well as cellist Uri Vardi and the Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra.

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The academic conference sessions will run Sunday, April 13, 9:00 AM 1:15 PM and Monday, April 14, 9:00 AM - 6:15 PM, with a keynote address by Professor Edwin Seroussi, Emanuel Alexandre, Professor of Musicology, Chairman of the Musicology Department and Director of the Jewish Music Research Center, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, along with the following presentations:

Presentations by
Nissim Calderon (Ben Gurion University)
Motti Regev (Open University of Israel)
Benjamin Brinner (University of California, Berkeley)
Amy Horowitz (Ohio State University)
Jehoash Hirshberg (Hebrew University)
Barbara Johnson (Ithaca College)
Abigail Wood (SOAS, University of London)
Assaf Shelleg (Hebrew University/Tel Aviv University)
David McDonald (Bowling Green State University)
Galit Saada-Ophir (University of Toronto)
Ronit Seter (Hebrew University)
Amit Schejter (Pennsylvania State University)
Francesco Spagnolo (Judah Magnes Museum/Hebrew University)
Evan Rapport (New York University)
Galeet Dardashti (University of Texas, Austin)
and others

All academic sessions are free and open to the public.
For information on the conference contact: Kid Wongsrichanalai (, Conference Producer.

For a full conference schedule go to the Jewish Studies website:

Concert Performances

Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra Concert
Sunday, April 13, 3:30-5:30
Old Cabell Hall Auditorium
$15-28/$11 students and UVA ARTS $

The Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestr conducted by Kate Tamarkin, with cello soloist Uri Vardi, will perform works by Bloch, Golijov, and Berlioz. Advance tickets for the Sunday afternoon Symphony concert in Old Cabell Hall are available now at the Old Cabell Hall Box Office, 112 Old Cabell Hall, (434) 924-3984: $15-28/$11 students and UVA ARTS $.

Concert of Israeli Popular, Folk & Religious Music
Sunday, April 13, 8:00-10:30
Abbott Center, Darden School of Business
$10 / $5 students / 5 UVa ART$

Evening concert of Israeli popular, folk, and religious music featuring the Etti Ankri Band and the Moussa Berlin Ensemble

Conference Organizers

  • James Loeffler, Assistant Professor of History
  • Joel Rubin, Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Music Performance

Conference Advisory Committee

  • Alon Confino, Professor of History and Director of Jewish Studies
  • Gabriel Finder, Lecturer in History
  • Michelle Kisliuk, Associate Professor of Music

Conference Producer: Kid Wongsrichanalai
Assistant Conference Producer: Jasmine Hunter

The Hearing Israel Conference is supported by the University of Virginia Jewish Studies Program, the Gunst Family Foundation, the Posen Foundation, the McIntire Department of Music, the Corcoran Department of History, the Dean of College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Religious Studies, the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies, the Middle Eastern Studies program, the University of Virginia Hillel, and the Cultural Affairs Department of the Embassy of Israel.

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